Multitouch Tables for Collaborative Object-Based Learning

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Executive Summary

Multitouch technology on tabletop displays allows children to interact with digital objects in collaborative activities. This paper explores both evolutions in hardware and opportunities in software toward supporting the engagement of children, with consideration of impact on user interfaces. The authors outline a demonstration of the Multitouch Education Table (MET), a portable hardware system and virtual card game suite targeted for use by elementary school students. Multitouch systems make possible multiple simultaneous inputs not only from a single user but from multiple users.

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